Conservation department confirms another mountain lion in northeast Missouri

Thursday, May 12, 2011 | 8:08 a.m. CDT; updated 10:05 a.m. CDT, Thursday, May 12, 2011

MACON — State conservation officials say another mountain lion is roaming northeast Missouri.

The state says a landowner near Economy in Macon County took pictures of large tracks in a muddy creek bed on April 20. The conservation department confirmed that the tracks belonged to a mountain lion.

Rex Martensen, of the department's mountain lion team, said rain washed away the tracks before anyone could visit the site. But he says the pictures closely match the characteristics of mountain lion tracks.

Evidence from other confirmed mountain lion sightings suggest that the mountain lions are coming to Missouri from other states where mountain lion populations have been growing.



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